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Feb 7, 2013 5:00am EST
. >>> american spy secrets exposed? iran claims it has hacked into a captured u.s. drone. we have a live report. >>> and, john t is high drama on capitol hit. president obama's big pick for cia director up for con fir make in a few hours. but will members of his own party derail it? >> i don't know. >> lots of drama. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolinment. >> i'm john berman. it's thursday, february 7th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. up first, brace yourselves, bundle up, buy a shovel. this will be a big one. at this moment a blaizzard watc is in effects for new england. a storm is headed that way and could be historihistoric. it could drop two feet of snow in some places and it all starts tomorrow. you told us this was coming yesterday, you were on top of this one. >> we're trying. boston could rival its worst blizzard from 2003 which had 27 1/2 inches. all of this talks about two storm systems coming together. the first one here, notice in the south, all instability, a tornado warming out there for plaquemines parish. this is moving off to the east. we wi
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Feb 23, 2013 2:00pm EST
unknown and officials don't know if it was an accident or murder. >>> of lance armstrong and the u.s. postal service cycling team received tens of millions of dollars in federal funds. now the u.s. government wants it back. the justice department says it will join the lawsuit filed by former teammate floyd landis. that suit alleges armstrong and managers defrauded the government by using performance enhancing substances in violation of sponsorship rules. >>> and now, a new winter storm in the northeast. once again up to 10 inches of snow possible for parts of new england this weekend. boston still has remnants of that big blizzard that hit just two weeks ago, if you recall. and even after the streets were cleared, the city was left with a whole lot of potholes to fill. karen mcginnis back in the weather center, here we go again. >> the third weekend in a row but not like what we saw early part of february, fred, when they got blasted with about 24 inches of snow. this one going to pack a little bit of a punch. the computer models were all over the place. yes, snow on the way not just
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Feb 20, 2013 12:00pm EST
to protect the u.s. from devastating cyber attacks, and china considered one of the biggest offenders. the cyber security company, of course, has been saying it's identified a hacking group in shanghai with ties to china's military and says it watched those hackers systematically steal information from more than 140 companies. china denying any involvement. >>> and police still have no clue who managed to pull off a daring heist at the brussels airport. thieves managed to steal $50 million worth of diamonds from a plane on the tarmac. on monday night, two cars burst through the perimeter fence, the airport, sped towards the plane. authorities say the men were wearing police uniforms and were heavily armed. they were in and out of the airport within minutes. it is cnn's top international news story today. >>> of course, we are talking about the olympic star pistorius. everybody is following this. everybody is talking about this. it is really quite amazing. another night we're going to spend in jail. we don't know the outcome, whether he's going to be released on bail. this is playing o
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Feb 7, 2013 7:00am EST
afternoon through saturday morning. we'll continue to monitor here at cnn. >>> also new this morning, u.s. secrets possibly exposed. iran claiming it's decoded now released some footage from a downed u.s. drone. the man identified as a member of iran's military narrated the black and white aerial footage as it was broadcast on iranian state media. he claims that it's a drone that iran downed back in 2011. >>> also this morning, president obama giving in to congressional demands. he will release classified documents that explain the legal justification for drone strikes that kill u.s. terror suspects overseas. >>> and adding to the drama, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia and the architect of the drone policy, he'll appear before the senate intelligence committee today. lots to talk about with barbara starr who's following all these developments for us this morning from the pentagon. barbara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. all about spice and drones this morning, isn't it? well, this video has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article by the administ
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Feb 20, 2013 4:00pm EST
. just for some perspective, the u.s. is going to spend $88 billion this year, this year in afghanistan. we're going to have much more on this part of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts beg
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Feb 25, 2013 4:00pm EST
political contributor the democratic strategist hilary rosen and the former u.s. senator from minnesota and former romney foreign policy adviser norm coleman. guys, thanks very much for coming in. the speaker just met with reporters on the hill. i'll play a little clip. this was his message. >> listen, hope springs eternal. the president can sit down with harry reid tonight and work with senate democrats who have the majority in the senate to move a bill. it's time for them to act. i've made this clear for months now. and yet we've seen nothing. >> now, he wants them, senator, to move legislation that passed in the last congress. the last congress is irrelevant right now. you need new legislation in order to pass a bill. >> wolf, what's not irrelevant is last congress we had the tax increase. so now it's spending cut time. the president doesn't want to to the spending cut. we had the tax increase -- >> right now, to avert this fiscal crisis we have right now, these forced spending cuts, you need a new bill. you can't use a bill from the old congress. >> the president -- you know what, a
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Feb 24, 2013 7:00am EST
, thanks so much for that live report. appreciate it. >>> meanwhile, one u.s. cardinal who will take part in electing the new pope was interviewed by police before flying to italy. we are talking about cardinal mahony. it was all about a priest accused of molesting dozens of boys in the l.a. area while mahony was in charge at the time. he has been deposed before, but this was the first time he was asked about new reports that he shielded priests who were accused of abuse. >>> the latest now on oscar pistorius. he isn't the only one in his family accused of killing someone, you heard right. overnight we learned his brother is charged in the death of another woman. joining us now from johannesburg, you just heard from his attorney, is that right? >> yes, indeed. i just got off the phone with his attorney who has confirmed that oscar pistorius' older brother has been charged, he says the main charge is culpable homicide with an alternative charge of reckless and negligent driving. he confirms in relation to an incident that happened in 2010 when he collided, his car collided with a woman on
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Feb 7, 2013 9:00am EST
the nation's intelligence community had their hands on classified documents, the topic, when u.s. drones can legally kill americans overseas. president obama has agreed to the release only after caving in to the demands of congress. and today, in a senate confirmation hearing lawmakers will grill john brennan, obama's choice to lead the cia and also an architect of the drone program and a vocal supporter. >> we conduct targeted strikes because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> but it was the killing of an american citizen in yemen that raises all the questions. u.s. drones killed u.s.-born cleric anwar al awlaki, he was tied to the terrorist plots including the underwear bomber but never charged in u.s. court. iran claims it has unlocked the encrypted surveillance images from a spy plane drone. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity video which is running on iranian state television and youtube. >> translator: this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran and operations that ha
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Feb 20, 2013 7:00pm EST
newspaper, but where is the action? robert reich is the former u.s. labor secretary to bill clinton and author of "beyond outrage," what's gone wrong with our economy and how to fix it and ari fleischer, former white house press secretary under george w. bush. all right, let's get some action here. robert, the white house responded to john boehner's challenge of saying, where are the cuts, with a blog post from dan pfeiffer who wrote, "the fact is, the president has a detailed balanced plan with spending cuts, he's willing to make tough choices. now it's time for the speaker to do the same." then he had a link to an 80-page proposal from september, including war savings, it includes tax reform, which of course they want. it doesn't fully lay it out by any stretch of the imagination. so jay carney was asked what specifically will the white house cut and here's what jay carney said. >> it's in the proposals he submitted to the speaker of the house that the speaker walked away from -- >> where does the president prevent sequestration from happening? shouldn't the president take the lea
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Feb 26, 2013 4:00pm EST
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
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Feb 21, 2013 5:00am EST
nuclear program. six world powers including the u.s. and russia have a plan. and they're going to present it to the iranians in talks next tuesday. the goal is to offer serious economic incentives in exchange for iran's shutting down uranium enrichment facility and surrendering the stockpile of urani uranium. we have details of this new proposal. what's new about it? i know last year they tried to do this and they didn't go for it. what's new here? >> that's right. it's been about a year since the u.s. and the partners sat down with iran over the nuclear program. they've been making a good deal of progress on the developments since that time. so they're sweetening the pot, so to speak, and asking more of ire ran in return whether they sit down next week in kazakhstan. in exchange for easing the ban on the trade of gold and precious metals to iran and some nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, iran must close its enrichment facility at a plant that is underground. the longer iran keeps this underground facility open and becomes more difficult to stop them militarily from having the uranium n
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Feb 20, 2013 7:00am EST
in the u.s. and stealing information. the this group is working in conjunction with the military and chinese government. not surprisingly, the chinese government says they had nothing to do with this and call these claims "irresponsible." the chinese say they had nothing do with the hackers, the next salvo in an international war? we'll have to see. >> david mackenzie, thank you very much. appreciate it. >>> ahead on "starting point," a colorado university is giving coeds advice on how to protect themselves against attackers, involves vomiting on them, claiming have you soyou have so disease. growing up roar around that, straight ahead. e bankamericard cash rewards credit card. earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. [ both ] 2% back on groceries. [ all ] 3% on gas. no hoops to jump through. i earn more cash back on the things i buy the most. [ woman ] it's as easy as... one! -two. -[ all ] three! [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. >>> good morning, welcome back to "starting point." i'm christine romans.
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Feb 22, 2013 4:00pm EST
becoming the target of a u.s. drone attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." . >>> we begin with yet another sensational turn of events in the oscar pistorius murder case. after a week of shocking and sometimes heartbreaking testimony, pistorius is now out of jail. the one-time olympic athlete who is known worldwide as the blade runner still faces charges of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us. update our viewers, robin. >> reporter: hi there. thanks for having me. can you believe it, it's only eight days ago that oscar pistorius admitted to shooting his girlfriend on valentine's day. it's been such a roller coaster ride for all of us watching this tragedy, slowly learning about all of these new details and one part of the story which is certainly not over did come to some conclusion today as os star pistorius walked out of court and is spending the night at a family home. take a look at this. a media frenzy on a road at rush hour. cameras trying to see what's behind the tinted window of the silver land rover, a glimpse of osca
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Feb 21, 2013 2:00pm EST
't last. . >>> the u.s. army revoked a promotion for the former mistress of david petraeus. she is a major in the army reserve and had been approved by the promotion and the lieutenant colonel since the petraeus scandal under investigation for having classified information. the tsa is apologizing to a 3-year-old girl in a wheelchair. she has spina bifida and they were on their way to disneyworld when security agents said they needed to do a pat-down and swab her wheelchair. >> i don't want to do that. >> lucy sobbed and said she no longer wanted to go to disneyworld. her outraged mother shot this video with her cell phone and the security worker objected saying it was illegal to videotape the procedures. here's the apology saying they regret inaccurate guidance was provided during the screening and offers the apology. we maintain the security of the traveling public and strive to treat all with dignity and respect. while no pat-down was performed, we will address specific concerns with our workforce. renee is joining us live from washington. renee, what does the girl's father have to say a
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Feb 19, 2013 7:00pm EST
with certain people overlooked. let's go "outfront." >>> at this hour, the u.s. supreme court has denied a stay of execution for warren lee hill. hill is the convicted murderer set to be executed at this very moment, 7:00 eastern standard time, by lethal injection. he was found guilty of the 1990 killing of joseph hanspike, another inmate in a georgia state prison. hill's defenders argue that his iq of 70 means he should be deemed mentally disabled. they want him declared mentally disabled because of a 2002 supreme court case which barred the execution of mentally disabled inmates. at this moment, though, looks like it's about to go forward and we're going to update you as we learn more. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. tonight, the countdown is on again. we are now just ten days away from washington's latest deadline for forced spending cuts, otherwise known by the distinctly unsexy and misused word, sequester. today, president obama said again something must be done. >> so these cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands
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Feb 25, 2013 1:00pm EST
, the u.s. economy actually shriv, eled it didn't grow. where you want people to be paying taxes, there will be jobs lost. you may think this is a great opportunity to get cuts you wouldn't get but bottom line, there are small portion of people who think this is actually going to be good for the economy. probably not in the short term. >> john, i want to go to you because as bush would say, this is not his first rodeo, right? we've seen this before, seen this play out, this brinksmanship up until the very end. what does this mean in terms of blame? >> you're right. the united states hasn't had a real budget, passed in 16 years. you can say, here we go again, another crisis. but this president and white house have brought to now lows the distrust in wash. who's to blame? if you put that to public opinion as pew research says, one reason the president is out more public because he believes he has the higher ground. 31% blame the president so 49% blame republicans in congress, and 11% both. the president thinks he has the higher ground. as ali pointed out, this is a huge risk. a pre
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Feb 21, 2013 7:00am EST
did they do that? we can't look at that from the perspective of a u.s. lawyer. they did it to specifically avoid him having to testify, be subject to cross examination, which all of which would have been available for the trial -- >> so he doesn't have to answer any questions? >> this is critical because if they didn't offer anything then they may not be able to undermine the premeditated nature of the allegation. >> we'll obviously continue to talk about this case all morning and you're going to stick around with us, which we appreciate. >>> our other top story this morning, 30 million people across the 18 states are now in the path of a powerful winter storm moving into the plains. the system is huge. it's literally an area about the size of mexico stretching from the dakotas all the way into texas. while it dumps snow in the north it's also going to pour heavy rain over parts of the south and maybe even tornados along the gulf coast. parts of kansas are looking at a foot and a half of snow. several flights have already been cancelled out of kansas city international a
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Feb 20, 2013 1:00am EST
where the u.s. needs their assistance to a certain degree in fighting terror? >> i think until pakistan steps up and says we'll not tolerate people who would kill someone like the little girl malala who was shot point blank in the head who survived but is such a wonderful sweet voice for girls to get educated in pakistan. boy, we shouldn't have to pay pakistan to stand up and for them to eradicate people who would shoot little girls. >> what's the likelihood bottom line, senator, that congress will agree on avoiding these forced budget cuts by march 1st especially given the fact that the senate, for example, is on recess this week? what's going to happen march 1st? >> i think the sequester happens and it will be in some ways a yawn because the histrionics that are coming from the president saying, oh, we're going to shut down and get rid of meat inspectors. is anybody not going to stand up and call his bluff on that ridiculousness? the budgets are not being decreased. we're talking about cutting the rate of growth of budgets. and he has the ability to spend the money in different places
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Feb 21, 2013 9:00am EST
due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely." >>> turning to your money, u.s. stock markets are poised to open lower this morning. [ bell ringing ] that's after stocks plunged ahead of wednesday's opening bell. the dow jones dropping more than 100 points on worries the federal reserve might scale back its bond buying program. the s&p and nasdaq also closed lower. it's a different story, though, for walmart this morning. the mega retailer reporting a bigger than expected profit last quarter, and the stock is heading higher in premarket trading, but walmart is tampering that optimism and pointing out consumers are growing more cautious. christine romans joins us now from new york and we had heard that walmart's earnings were going to be down. >> look, we know that things were good for walmart in the last part of last year, good holiday season, but carol, the most important thing is what's happening in the first part of this year, and walmart confirming it is worried, specifically the paycheck to paycheck customer is showing signs of slowing in february. what's h
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Feb 20, 2013 2:00pm EST
is expected over much of the u.s. a massive winter storm is expanding fast from california to the midwest. we're talking heavy snow, ice, freezing rain. all of that. the huge storm system may wal lop the southeast with violent thunderstorms, floods, hail, and possible tornadoes. and then on to california heavy snow already has left hundreds of drivers stranded on mountain highways. casey wian joins us. so, casey, isc california equipped to deal with this kind of snow? >> reporter: well, we've had most of the snow overnight, frederica. you can see behind me there's just pretty much a light dusting on those hills there, but it was a much different story overnight. behind me you can see interstate 15 and that is one of the main roads that connects los angeles. that highway was closed on and off because of heavy snow conditions. one of our affiliates showing one of the accidents that happened on the highway last night, one of the reasons why the california highway patrol had to shut down this interstate overnight. so far no fatalities. no serious injuries reported, but there were a lot of inconve
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Feb 20, 2013 5:00am EST
disabled and under the u.s. constitution, they say he cannot be executed. >>> a body found in the rooftop water tank of a downtown l.a. hotel has been identified this morning. 21-year-old alyssa lamm was found after people living in the low tell complained their water pressure was low. police are not sure if she died accidently or if foul play was involved there. >>> so later this morning, former illinois congressman jesse jackson jr. will be in a washington, d.c. courtroom where he's expected to plead guilty to misusing campaign funds. prosecutors say he took more than $750,000 from his campaign coffers and spent it on personal items like furniture, clothing, memorabilia and this, a $43,000 rolex watch. jackson's wife, former whichchi alder man sandra jackson, will make her own appearance to plead guilty to filing false tax returns. >>> apple was the target of a hack attack. a small number of mac computer were infected. apple says no internal data was stolen. the hackers appear to be the same ones that breached facebook's computers last month. >>> so while you were sleeping, china's mili
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Feb 26, 2013 2:00pm EST
covering the story of martha stewart, the u.s. embassy bombing trial. and listening to this particular trial is really interesting, the fact they brought on the wife, the one who initially basically discovered or uncovered this behavior, saying that, you know, he never really wanted the baby that they had together, that he became withdrawn, he became remote. a young couple. there was something very almost strange about her particular testimony, even when the defense lawyer said, look, why didn't you come and talk to us about what it was you experienced? she said, why would i want to do that? he's trying to kill me. however, and this is the point that sunny makes, that is you've got to look at the charges. he's facing a conspiracy of kid na napping, also accessing a database. so two counts, that's all. when i heard prosecutors give their opening -- >> go ahead, sunny. >> i think the second count is the slam dunk count. if he in fact is a law enforcement, dabbled into a database and broke into a database for other than law enforcement purposes, hey, as a federal prosecutor, that's the ea
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Feb 20, 2013 9:00am EST
municipality, municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. back to the idea of the federal government bailing out detroit. such a thing is not unprecedented. mark binelli from "rolling stone" points out "when new york teetered on the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s it was famously told in the headline of the daily news to "drop dead" but president gerald r. ford changed his mind and dumped out $2.3 billion in 1975 in federal loans. that was a lot of money. mark binelli is author of "detroit city: the place to be, the afterlife of an american metropol metropolis" and in detroit mark wolf. tom i want to start with you, the reason we're doing the story is because the state of michigan says detroit is on the verge of collapse. help us understand what's happening now. >> what's happened over the years is the city's lost two-thirds of its population and a lot of it's text based and it's put off the day of reckoning by continuing to borrow to pay obligations that it's promised over the years and finally the day of roeckoning hs come, liabilities up to 14 billion. there's no credible plan for how to pay
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Feb 22, 2013 7:00am EST
. the u.s. stock market poised for a big rebound. the hopes of hitting an all-time high on hold. new this morning, the recession in europe is getting worse. the european commission expects economic growth to contract more than originally thought. many of the 17-member nations in the eurozone are struggling with austerity measures, it's a preview of what this country could face if forced spending cuts aren't avoided one week away. >>> google unveiled the chrome book pixel yesterday. it features touch screen technology, enhanced cloud computing, and a built-in cellular network much it starts at $1 3sh,300. the previous chrome book goes for about $250. this expands the hardware business, taking aim at apple and microsoft. >> it's so interesting to see how they moved into this arena. >> stocks near a record high. $800. >>> another thing we should have bought a lot of back in the day. >>> still ahead on "starting point," in the courtroom for the magistrate's decision. legal analyst jeff toobin will join us for an alice. >>> and remember when mitt romney said 47% of americans were victims.
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Feb 20, 2013 11:00am EST
's furniture and a football autographed by u.s. presidents. illegally diverted and due to be paid back. that's not all. lisa sylvester is outside the courthouse. we're talking about the possibility of jail time. >> reporter: that's right. in fact, the preceding are still going on as we speak. i just came out minutes ago. they are all inside the courthouse. he is in the process right now of pleading guilty. he faces one charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and making false statements. that carries a maximum of up to five years in prison and also a $250,000 fine. i can give you kind of a sense of what is going on right now in the courthouse. first of all, his father, the reverend jesse jackson junior is also in the courthouse arrived today. his wife is also facing charges for filing a false tax return. she has her own separate hearing this afternoon but she's also in the courthouse as well as judy smith. this is a name that is quite familiar here in washington. she's the crises manager, famous for cases like monica lewinsky, many famous cases where essentially she comes in and
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Feb 25, 2013 10:00pm EST
're allowed to lie to you. >> of course. >> you lie to them, it's a violation of the u.s. code, usually a felony in any other jurisdiction. people have this idea that somehow they're going to talk their way out of it. you can't stop it. >> usually they don't lie as extravagantly as she did. this was off the charts. but you know, who is to say the jury isn't buying it? come on. i just don't know. >> what i can't figure out, the only mystery to me is why cable tv hasn't become fixated on it. >> you don't think they have? >> we're on cable tv right now. >> i want to tell you, it hasn't been wall to wall. >> this is pretty much the first time we have done it, but hln, they've been doing it. >> they need it. >> fascinating stuff. thank you very much. >>> just ahead, we'll update you on the breaking news, the blizzard pummeling texas and oklahoma. already smashed records. look at the images. chad meyers joins us with the latest on the storm's path. stin, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the
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Feb 26, 2013 4:00am EST
are allowed to lie to you. >> of course. the u.s. supreme court has said that. you lie to them, it's a false statement under 1001 of the u.s. code. it's usually a felony in any other jurisdiction, but people have this idea that somehow they're going to talk their way out of it. you can't stop it. >> usually they don't lie as extravagantly as she did. >> well, this one is off the charts in terms of the lies. >> but, you know, who's to say the jury isn't buying it? >> what i can't figure out -- the only mystery to me is why cable tv hasn't become fixated on this. not as much as they have. >> we're on cable tv now. >> it hasn't been wall to wall. >> this is pretty much the first time we're doing it. but on "hln," they've been doing it a lot. it's fast nate it's fascinating stuff. >>> just ahead, we're going to update you on the breaking news, the blizzard that is pummeling texas and oklahoma. it's already smashed records. the snow is still coming down. chad myers joins us again with the latest on the storm's path. >>> more on our breaking news. this is where the texas panhandle is dealing with
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Feb 18, 2013 7:00am EST
. this particular gas station, gas prices are a lot higher, 4.15. as i mentioned, u.s. national average, 3.73. in hawaii, california, higher still, the most expensive place to buy gas right now. 4.28. california not far behind. the cheapest place to buy gas, in wyoming, 3.17. as you mentioned, americans right now spending a lot more money on heating bills, that, of course, means they don't have much money to spare in terms of gas prices, also, we've got taxes going up for a lot of americans. a lot of people seeing paychecks shrink. some taxi drivers, saying they are spending upward of 40, $50, $60 per day. it really is having a huge effect on people. >> what a big mess. thanks, zain appreciate that. >>> jennifer delgado in the weather center this morning with a freeze warning that could spell some serious trouble for florida citrus crops. good morning. >> hi, soledad. the sunshine state needs the sun to come out. temperatures right now still in the mid 20s. we have a hard freeze warning in place anywhere in blue. of course, this is affecting northern and central parts of florida. temperatu
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Feb 26, 2013 7:00am EST
the plugged-in journalists about that, and he said perhaps in some various different dioceses, but u.s. quite a well known fact that there is a large proportion and this is something that, you know, the world's 1.2 billion catholics look on for the future wonder how the church will be reformed, if at all. there is this split within the catholic church amongst very traditional and conservatives on the one hand who want to continue the ratzinger line, if you like and among the more liberal who want the more modern church that takes into account issues of homosexuality and issues like should priests be allowed to marry. as ironically, cardinal o'brien suggested before he resigned. >> christianne, thanks. appreciate it. >>> another big story. on friday, $85 billion in forced budget cuts set to take effect. hundreds of thousands of jobs hang in the balance. is there still a chance for a grand bargain. we'll talk to tom price, vice you chair of the house budget committee. you're watching "starting point," back after this short break. with stayfree ultra thins. flexible layers move with your body wh
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Feb 26, 2013 9:00am EST
in the pictures. >>> the u.s. census will stop using the word "negro" in its surveys. most people no longer identify with the term and find it quite offensive. the bureau will use black or african-american. >>> gm will sell 4g at&t wireless connections next year on most of its 2015 models. gm hopes the high speed connection will offer drivers new services, the deal ends a long relationship gm had with verizon. >>> today marks one year since trayvon martin was killed, and since then his parents have gone from mourners to activists, speaking out against gun violence in america. cnn's piers morgan asked them about a possible result in the upcoming trial of george zimmerman who has been charged with killing their son. >> are you ready to let justice take its course, however that turns out, in other words if at the end of this trial, george zimmerman is exonerated of illegally killing your son, would you be prepared to publicly accept that verdict? >> well, that's something that we've always asked for. we've always asked for an arrest, we've always asked for just for it to come to a trial. we ju
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Feb 23, 2013 11:00am EST
in the u.s., must answer questions about pedophile priests in the los angeles diocese during his watch. now, internal church documents seem to show that mahoney was aware of priests abusing children but went out of his way to shield them from prosecution. we'll have much more on this story when the deposition gets underway this afternoon. >>> the justice department says it will go after lance armstrong for tens of millions of dollars. it will join the lawsuit filed by former postal service teammate floyd landis. now the suit says that armstrong and his team managers defrauded the government by accepting millions in funds. now i asked cycling analyst dave shields if armstrong can ever recover. >> different from athletes who have had maybe falls from grace. a huge parts of his popularity was due to his integrity. when he completely admits that he doesn't have integrity, i think it's going to be very difficult for anybody to trust him in the way that they did in the past. impossible, as a matter of fact. >> armstrong admitted last month to doping during his career. >>> the obama administration
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Feb 21, 2013 4:00am EST
clark, the court system in south africa appears quite different than that here in the u.s. i mean, this bail hearing looks like a trial, and because of that, the prosecution has had to show their evidence very early, almost immediately. you say that's a real disadvantage. >> it's a problem. it's a problem, jake. the prosecution has only just gathered the evidence. let's remember this only happened a few days ago and it takes a while for everything to shake out. it takes a while for us to know what the evidence tests out to be. we don't even know if it's really testosterone that was found in his house. we don't know what, if any, blood results from pistorius himself are and whether he was under the influence of testosterone. we don't know so much. yet they're being required to put it all forward very quickly in this hearing. i can see where things are not quite as tight as they should be. i agree with mark that certain things did fall apart today, and the fact that they were not wearing protective covering on their shoes is a loss. how big a loss remains to be seen because if the f
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Feb 26, 2013 11:00am EST
, in support of striking down proposition 8, california's ban on gay marriage. the u.s. supreme court will hear arguments on this next month as well as another case that challenges the defense of marriage act. two separate cases, similar issues. among those who have signed on to the brief, jon huntsman, meg whitman, richard hanna. joining us with their take, cnn legal analyst jeffrey toobin and john avlon. with the amicus brief, it's essentially what it sounds like, a friend of the court, paper saying what your opinion is hoping to sway the justices. how important are amicus briefs, how important might this one actually be? >> they can be important, but i have to tell you, i really disagree with the premise that this is a lot of people. there are almost 300 members of the house and senate who are republicans. they got two people, two obscure members of the house to sign. they have a very distantly failed presidential candidate. a failed gubernatorial candidate. the republican party is united and i don't think the brief makes a bit of difference. >> john, is it baby steps? >> this is a significa
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Feb 22, 2013 5:00am EST
the southern part of the u.s. a different story. rain and a lot of rain, i'm telling you, thundering all night long, and dealing with a lot of lightning in some parts. this is i big mess in the south. in some locations, anywhere between 4 and 6 inches of rainfall. this will last all the way through tuesday. a wider view. ridge of high pressure building through parts of u.s. in the central region, where snow came down. temperatures running 10 to 15 degrees below average, sunny in the southwest. see highs for today. 28 in kansas city. 30s in the northeast. speaking of the northeast, you will see snow working into parts like new hampshire and maine and into massachusetts. we could see a foot or more in higher elevations that starts on saturday. >> all right. jennifer delgado, thank you. >>> new developments about the health of hugo chavez. a government spokesman says chavez is being treated for what is called a respiratory insufficiency. he returned to venezuela on tuesday. the type of cancer he is battling has not been revealed. >>> police on the hunt for a gunman that killed three people. it in
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Feb 26, 2013 5:00am EST
of snow this morning. good morning, amarillo. >>> a former u.s. surgeon general c. everett koop died at the age of 96. he served from 1982 to 1989 and he elevated the profile of the surgeon general's office. he was instrumental in getting the nation to focus on key health issues such as hiv and aids prevention and he convinced americans to stop smoking. >>> he brought some groans and controversy but seth mcfarland also brought ratings. more than 40 million viewers turned in to watch the academy awards. that's up 3% from last year. it's the second biggest audience in six years. and the key younger 18 to 34 demo which is in john berman's age demographic, that group shot up by 20%. of course, "argo" took home the best picture oscar. now former hostages in iran are hoping the film's high profile will boost the he wases to be paid reparations by iran. the movie told of six people that escaped during the siege. 52 others were held for 444 days in the u.s. embassy. their life on pause. whole nation just waiting. remember the yellow ribbons? the "argo" movie brought back those days, what it
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